These are the 1st images of a very special and very odd thing I happened to do. One day at my day job, I was having another lame out session dreaming of all the things I could be making if I wasnt at my day job, and didnt need to be there. Suddenly one of my co workers who is from Bulgaria originally, leans over and asks if I thought I could draw a fish. I said "of coarse I can draw a fish!" Then she said "what about a very strange looking fish?". She then explained that her rowing team that she coaches, which in Bulgaria was her mane focus and joy had been awarded money for there very own boat by an anonymous donor. The doner explicitly asked that they take pride in the boat and it must have a logo of its own for the team. She and the team decided it must be the "Barracuda", as it fit the essence of the team and the shape of the boat best. Barracuda's are indeed an odd looking long floot of a fish with butterfly like tails and delicate side fins that with all those beautiful attributes are perfectly balanced with a most bizarre and sinister beak with bulging eyes! She said she was hoping for a logo that featured the word Barricuda within the distinct shape of the fish and that her 11 year old daughter had tried very hard but its such a awkward shape she couldnt do it. Also it had to be done by the next morning at 8am! I struggled with all of it at 1st and was like, "Whoa! I don't work under these condition, and I don't have the tools for the job on me here in the land of uncreativity known as the DAY JOB!" But then she smiled and asked if I minded trying just a little something that might help her daughter with it at least. It then struck me, why would I not make this time at the hellish day job dedicated to the secret mission of designing a super strange Barracuda logo and technically be getting paid while doing it to help a friend with there awesome dream outside this hell hole too!!! I went full on into my lunch break and sneaking in pencils from the office I did some covert drawing at the front desk. In about an hours time, I had reached the limit of what I could do with the tools being a # 2 pencil with no sharpener or eraser, a sharpy marker and one nearly dead micron I happened to find in my bag. She got so excited she showed everyone at work and thankfully didn't tell them where and when i did it, and took it straight home to get the process of the early morning printing under way. A week later I was told it was beautiful and about to be in several competitions. The doner's and the team sent me thank you messages and I felt good! Since then the boat has been in a series of competitions that has thus far brought its team to 3rd place in the regional's, taking them to now compete in national rowing competitions! ooooooOOOO!!! BARRACUDA!!!
This (above) action figure I found on the outskirts of Guapo & The Ellsworth dome has been heavily influential on what I have been trying to channel lately. I believe it is going to take me to some very emotionaly perplexing places where animal transends reality and overcomes human society to make peace with the strength of a warrior who's weapons are the wisdom of the past with the perspective of the future.
This is an animation cell I made on display in an art exhibit called Faque Cartunez at Guapo comics & coffee. The show was curated by mega pal and local wize man John Isaacson. The show features a number of buddies, so it would by definition be friendly to go view it while its on display. Peep out some Chris Cilla, Amy Kuttab, Patrick Keck, Andrice Arp, & Daria Tessler among others. Get rad, stay rad, weird summer.
Also above is a card I made for my super rad mega dad on the occasion of it recently being fathers day. We spent time barb e Q'ing and playing some intense arm destroying net & racket games as well as watched a movie about werewolves.
I recently revisited our ancestors again who are still roaming the Portland Zoo. On this visit, I also got to experience these chasms of the past and the animals of the present with my true brother. It was true & real. We witnessed many an odd display. A turle chased one of his roomettes visously nipping at his face and neck. We also saw an ape elder kiss and nuzzle a fecal display he arranged against the wall, to then take it between his lips and reorganize it to again be nuzzled sweetly at a higher place on the wall. Much madness ensued.
Lately I have been trip'n all over thanks to my friends and family. I dont drive so its always magical when I get to run around in the outskirts of my zone at distances that I am usually unable to scale. I got to go to the Olympia comics festival this year and table with mega bro Theo Ellsworth and witch goddess Amy Kuttab. We held down a table and supported Secret Acres publications as well. It was a small affair that had lots of new & old friends coming together. I was able to meet Cullen of Neogliphic media who will soon be putting out an anthology that many of my friends and I are showcased in, (and its full color!!!) so look for that soon. I witnessed an awesome panel that featured my mermaid friend Andrice Arp, where she spoke on 3rd wave feminism. That talk was fun especially the bit about princesses. The pannel ended quite oddly with a man of all things barging in drunk to explain his former ban Bikini kill and talk about kinkos. I got to eat a most fantastic burrito at quality burrito thanks to critter pal Katy ellis o'brien, who gathered a large group of friends for dinner. It was over all a strange balance of fun and odd darkness (the latter I feel I should leave unexplained....... mystery?)
A week after Olympia my reunited Brother Kyle, (who has been abroad in Hong Kong) my parents choldhood friend Aaron & Amy all went to the coast to go camping. My bro, Aaron & I visited the most magical Wax works museum where I have many memmories. A lot of attractions have come and gone since my last visit. I was overjoyed that my far away friend E.T. the extra rad terrestrail was there for me to visit. It had been a long time since we have tried to communicate face to face, let alone our telepathic correspondence which has slowed down as we had both been very busy over the last couple years. I think he and are are going to try to write some new song lyrics together again soon. Going on trips is fun, I hope to have more in the near future:)